The Sound of Music

The SMA halls are alive with the sound of music! Time travel back through five decades to see and hear how the delivery of music has evolved. An assortment of devices will be featured: 8-track player, record player, portable cassette player, Walkman, and more. Students listen with a careful ear to detect differences in sound quality and character. Sound inspires storytelling and memories are shared as students consider the health benefits of music. How does music calm, energize, and even unify us?

Faculty: Steve Mayfield - Science 6

Dates Offered

October 26, 2018
November 30, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to:  Healing through Music is an article in the Harvard health blog about the use of music in clinical settings at Mass General Hospital. Sound Health is a similar program at Georgetown University Hospital.

  • Great books:  In Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain author and renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks tells fascinating stories about people and their neurological experience with music.

  • Road trip: Making Music lists twenty music museums all around the country.

Why Music?

Research into the psychological impact of music suggests “people listen to music to regulate arousal and mood, to achieve self-awareness, and as an expression of social relatedness.” Given that, it’s not surprising that music is so present in our lives. This seminar provides students with context to appreciate music and the knowledge to use music as a tool in improving their wellness.